City of Lodi, WI
Columbia County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Lodi as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Public works projects — See Ch. 83.
Special assessments — See Ch. 94.
[Adopted as §§ 9.01 to 9.08 and 9.10 of the City Code]

§ 57-1 Preparation of tax roll.

Pursuant to § 70.65(2), Wis. Stats., the City Clerk shall, in computing the tax roll, insert only the aggregate amount of state, county, school and local taxes in a single column in the roll opposite the parcel or tract of land against which the tax is levied or, in the case of personal property, in a single column opposite the name of the person, firm or corporation against whom or which the tax is levied.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 9.01(b), Rates stamped on receipts, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 10-10-2006 by Ord. No. A-361.

§ 57-2 Duplicate Treasurer's bond eliminated.

A. 
Bond eliminated. The City of Lodi elects not to give the bond on the City Treasurer provided for by § 70.67(1), Wis. Stats.
B. 
City liable for default of Treasurer. Pursuant to § 70.67(2), Wis. Stats., the City of Lodi shall be obligated to pay, in case the City Treasurer shall fail to do so, all state and county taxes required by law to be paid by such Treasurer to the County Treasurer.

§ 57-3 Claims procedure.

A. 
Adoption of alternative system of approving financial claims under statute. The City of Lodi hereby adopts the alternative system for approving financial claims against the municipal treasury other than claims subject to § 893.80, Wis. Stats., as set forth in § 66.0609, Wis. Stats.
B. 
Auditing of claims by Treasurer and payment of claims. Payments may be made from the City treasury after the Treasurer audits and approves each claim as a proper claim against the treasury and endorses his or her approval on the claim after having determined that all of the following conditions have been complied with:
(1) 
That funds are available for the claim pursuant to the budget approved by the Common Council.
(2) 
That the item or service covered by the claim has been duly authorized by the proper official, department head or board or commission.
(3) 
That the item or service has been actually supplied or rendered in conformity with the authorization described in Subsection B(2).
(4) 
That the claim is just and valid pursuant to law. The Treasurer may require the submission of proof to support the claim as the Treasurer considers necessary.
C. 
Treasurer to file list of claims. The Treasurer shall file with the Common Council monthly a list of claims approved, showing the date paid, name of claimant, purpose and amount.
D. 
Audit. The Common Council shall obtain an annual detailed audit of its financial transactions and accounts by a certified public accountant licensed or certified under Ch. 442, Wis. Stats., and designated by the Common Council.
E. 
Bond required. The Treasurer shall be covered by a fidelity bond of not less than $5,000.

§ 57-4 Budget preparation and adoption.

A. 
Publication of budget; hearing on budget.
[Amended 10-10-2006 by Ord. No. A-361; 11-4-2014 by Ord. No. A-478]
(1) 
The City shall annually, prior to the determination of the sum to be financed in whole or in part by a general property tax, formulate a budget and hold public hearings thereon. Such budget shall include all items included in § 65.90(2), Wis. Stats.
(2) 
A summary of the budget and notice of the place where the budget in detail is available for public inspection and notice of the time and place for holding the public hearing shall be published as a Class 1 notice at least 15 days prior to the time of the public hearing. The budget summary shall include all items included in § 65.90(3)(b), Wis. Stats.
B. 
Expenditures limited by appropriation resolution.
[Amended 11-4-2014 by Ord. No. A-478]
(1) 
The annual budget shall be adopted by the Common Council by a two-thirds vote of the entire membership.
(2) 
The level of spending authority is the department level within each fund.
(3) 
No money shall be drawn from the treasury of the City, nor shall any obligation for the expenditure of money be incurred, except in pursuance of the annual appropriation resolution or an adopted amending resolution.
(4) 
At the close of each fiscal year, any unencumbered balance of an appropriation shall revert to the fund it was appropriated in and shall be subject to re-appropriation.
C. 
Mid-year appropriations. The Common Council may at any time by a two-thirds vote of the entire membership appropriate the use of fund balance or transfer any portion of an unencumbered balance of an appropriation to any other purpose or object. Notice of the transfer or new appropriation shall be given by publication within 10 days thereafter in accord with § 65.90(5)(a), Wis. Stats.
[Amended 11-4-2014 by Ord. No. A-478]
D. 
Draft of appropriation resolution. The Finance Committee shall submit to the Council, at the time the annual budget is submitted, the draft of an appropriation resolution providing for the expenditures proposed for the ensuing fiscal year.
E. 
Publication of budget; hearing on budget. The Clerk shall publish as a Class 1 notice, under Ch. 985, Wis. Stats., a budget summary in the form prescribed by the Finance Committee and by § 65.90(3)(b), Wis. Stats. The notice shall also indicate where the proposed budget in detail is available for public inspection and the time and place at which a public hearing on the proposed budget is to be conducted. The Council shall, not less than 15 days after publication of the budget summary, hold a public hearing on the proposed budget. The public hearing will be held on or before the first Tuesday in December. Following the public hearing, the proposed budget may not be changed without the requirement of a two-thirds vote as provided under § 65.90(5)(a), Wis. Stats.
F. 
Transfer of an unencumbered balance of an appropriation. Upon recommendation of the Finance Committee, the Council may at any time by a two-thirds vote of the entire membership transfer any portion of an unencumbered balance of an appropriation to any other purpose or object. Notice of the transfer shall be given by publication within 10 days thereafter in accord with § 65.90(5)(a), Wis. Stats.
G. 
Expenditures limited by appropriation resolution. No money shall be drawn from the treasury of the City, nor shall any obligation for the expenditure of money be incurred, except in pursuance of the annual appropriation resolution or that resolution when changed as authorized by Subsections E and F of this section. At the close of each fiscal year, any unencumbered balance of a general fund appropriation shall revert to the general fund and shall be subject to reappropriation.

§ 57-5 Confidentiality of income and expense information obtained by Assessor.

Whenever the Assessor, in the performance of the Assessor's duties, requests or obtains income and expense information pursuant to § 70.47(7)(af), Wis. Stats., or any successor statute thereto, then such income and expense information that is provided to the Assessor shall be held by the Assessor on a confidential basis, except, however, that the information may be revealed to and used by persons in the discharging of duties imposed by law; in the discharge of duties imposed by office (including, but not limited to, use by the Assessor in performance of official duties of the Assessor's office and use by the Board of Review in performance of its official duties); or pursuant to order of a court. Income and expense information provided to the Assessor under § 70.47(7)(af), Wis. Stats., unless a court determines that it is inaccurate, is, per § 70.47(7)(af), Wis. Stats., not subject to the right of inspection and copying under § 19.35(1), Wis. Stats.

§ 57-6 Fee for late filing of tax exemption reports.

[Amended 10-10-2006 by Ord. No. A-361]
Each property owner required under § 70.337, Wis. Stats., to file a tax exemption report and who does not file said report by the statutory deadline of March 31 of any even-numbered year shall, upon filing such report, pay a late filing fee as set by the Common Council by resolution for each parcel of real estate for which a report is required.

§ 57-7 Fee for statement of assessments and charges.

Whenever the City of Lodi or any of its utilities is requested to issue a written statement disclosing the amount of outstanding special assessments, sewer charges, electricity charges, or water charges against a parcel of real estate, a fee as set by the Common Council by resolution for each parcel of real estate for which said letter is requested shall be charged. Said fee, when requested, shall be allocated internally by the City as follows: 60% to the City's general fund, 20% to the City's Wastewater Treatment Utility, and 20% to the City's Light and Water Utility.

§ 57-8 Processing fee for worthless checks.

A fee is hereby imposed upon merchants and other persons seeking to utilize the services of the Lodi Police Department in collecting checks which meet the definition of worthless checks under § 253-30 of this Code in the amount per check as set by the Common Council by resolution pursuant to the following terms:
A. 
A person seeking to collect a worthless check shall report the facts of said check issuance and nonpayment to the Lodi Police Department on such forms as may be prescribed by the Department.
B. 
Following the receipt of such information and the determination by the Department that issuance of a worthless check has in fact occurred and that payment of said check has not been made, the Department will follow such procedures as it deems appropriate in attempting to collect said check. Said procedures may include a written communication to said check issuer which, among other things, may require the check issuer to pay, in addition to the amount of the bad check and appropriate extra charges imposed by the merchant, the fee imposed hereunder. The Department may require that said fee be paid directly to the City of Lodi Treasurer.
[Amended 10-10-2006 by Ord. No. A-361]
C. 
Said fee shall be imposed and collected by the Department only if collection of the check occurs prior to issuance of a citation under § 253-30 of this Code. In the event that the issuer of the worthless check makes payment directly to the merchant, it shall be the responsibility of the merchant to pay said fee to the City of Lodi Treasurer.

§ 57-9 Volunteer funds held by Fire Department and EMS.

A. 
Purpose and authority. This section is enacted pursuant to the authority of § 66.0608, Wis. Stats., for the purpose of authorizing volunteer funds to be held in the name of the Fire Department and/or Emergency Medical Service (EMS). This section is to be interpreted in conformance with that section as it may be amended from time to time.
B. 
Authorization to deposit funds. The Common Council of the City of Lodi does hereby authorize the Lodi Area Fire District Fire Chief and/or the Lodi Area Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Director to deposit volunteer funds of their respective departments in an account in the name of their department in any public depository in which other Fire District or EMS District funds are being held.
C. 
Control of funds. The Fire Department membership or EMS membership through the Fire Chief or EMS Director is granted exclusive control over the expenditure of volunteer funds of their departments. This authority is granted without limitation as to amount or type of funds. It is subject to the limitations and requirements hereinafter set forth.
D. 
Limitations and requirements. The following limitations and requirements shall apply to the handling and disbursement of volunteer funds from the accounts:
(1) 
Expenditures. Expenditures withdrawn from the accounts may be made only upon majority vote of the Fire Department or EMS members present at a regularly scheduled or duly noticed meeting of their department. Such withdrawals and expenditures may be made for any purpose that promotes the ability of the Fire Department or EMS to provide services for which it is organized.
(2) 
Accountings. The Fire Chief and the EMS Director shall provide the Fire District Board and the EMS Commission with annual statements at the end of their respective fiscal years. The statements shall be provided within 30 days after the end of the fiscal year. The statements shall include a detailed itemization of all receipts, expenditures, and the balance on hand at the end of the year. The source of all funds and the identity of the payee for each disbursement shall be set forth.
(3) 
Audit. Fire and EMS Department accounts shall be included in any audit scheduled by the Fire District Board and EMS Commission for their respective departments. In addition, each Department shall appoint an internal audit committee from the membership after the close of each fiscal year to review all transactions to ensure compliance with this section and any internal policies of the Departments. These audit committees will issue a report of their findings to their respective memberships and to the Fire District Board/EMS Commission.
E. 
Inconsistent ordinances. In the event there are any existing ordinances which conflict with any of the provisions of this section, the provisions of this section shall take precedence over any such inconsistent ordinances.

§ 57-10 Prevailing wages.

[Added 12-15-2009 by Ord. No. A-408[1]; 8-5-2014 by Ord. No. A-476]
The Treasurer shall not authorize final payments on a public works construction project, as defined by § 66.0903, Wis. Stats., until the contractor provides an affidavit, if applicable, stating that the contractor has fully complied with the Wisconsin Prevailing Wage Law.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance provided an effective date of 1-1-2010.

§ 57-10.1 Motor vehicle registration fee.

[Added 1-19-2016 by Ord. No. A-499]
A. 
Authority. This section is adopted pursuant to the authority granted by Wisconsin Statutes § 341.35, as from time to time amended.
B. 
Purpose. The purpose of this section is to provide the City of Lodi a source of revenue to fund transportation purposes.
C. 
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
MOTOR VEHICLE
An automobile or motor truck registered under § 341.25(1)(c) at a gross weight of not more than 8,000 pounds.
D. 
Imposition of motor vehicle registration fee.
(1) 
Pursuant to § 341.35 of the Wisconsin Statutes, an annual flat fee as set forth herein, in the amount of $20, is hereby imposed on all motor vehicles registered in the State of Wisconsin that are customarily kept in the City of Lodi.
(2) 
This fee shall be paid by the registration applicant at the time that a motor vehicle is first registered and at each time of registration renewal.
(3) 
The City registration fee shall be paid as provided in Wisconsin Statutes § 341.35(5).
(4) 
The City registration fee shall be in addition to state registration fees.
E. 
Administrative costs. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation shall retain a portion of monies collected equal to the actual administrative costs related to the collection of these fees. The method for computing the administrative costs shall be reviewed annually by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, as provided in Wisconsin Statutes § 341.35.
F. 
Exemptions. The following motor vehicles are exempt from the annual City of Lodi vehicle registration fee:
(1) 
All vehicles exempted by Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 341 from payment of a state vehicle registration fee.
(2) 
All vehicles registered by the State of Wisconsin under § 341.26 for a fee of $5.
(3) 
No City vehicle registration fee may be imposed on a motor vehicle which is a replacement for a motor vehicle for which a current City vehicle registration fee has been paid.
G. 
Deposit of fee revenues. All monies under the applicable statute and this section remitted to the City by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation or other applicable agency shall be deposited into the City's capital fund and used solely for assisting with transportation-related purposes.
H. 
Collection of fees. Collection of fees by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation shall commence on May 1, 2016.
[Adopted 2-3-2004 by Charter Ord. No. 3]

§ 57-11 Partial veto by Mayor authorized; Council vote procedure.

A. 
The Mayor may veto any item or items in the annual budget under the control of the Common Council, and upon vetoing any item the Mayor shall return the budget to the Clerk with his or her objections to the items in writing and his or her reasons therefore. Immediately on filing any item veto with the Clerk, the Mayor shall issue a call for a special meeting to be held within two days of the filing for purposes of considering and acting on the items vetoed.
B. 
The Common Council shall vote on each item vetoed by the Mayor separately. If the Mayor's veto is not overridden by a two-thirds vote of the Council, it shall affect only the items so vetoed. The Council may thereupon proceed, upon an affirmative vote of a majority of the alderpersons, to adopt a substitute for the item vetoed which shall be separately submitted to the Mayor subject to his or her veto. All items not vetoed by the Mayor and all items vetoed by the Mayor but overridden by the Council shall constitute the budget and be in full force.

§ 57-12 Effect of other provisions.

The power of partial veto shall be in addition to the authority granted the Mayor under § 62.09(8) of the Wisconsin Statutes and shall supplement the budget procedures for cities set forth in Chapter 65 of the statutes. Insofar as § 62.09(8)(c), Wis. Stats., or any other section of the Wisconsin Statutes grants any limitation on the power of partial veto by the Mayor of items in the budget, election is hereby made that this limitation shall not apply to the City of Lodi. However, this article shall not repeal any of the powers granted by § 62.09(8)(c), Wis. Stats.